21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
3
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Nice, France
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
8
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 45​min
9
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
10
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
11
Akrotiri, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  20​h
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

3
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, and finally wander the streets of Red Light District.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam travel itinerary planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Amsterdam is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Amsterdam, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in November, things will get colder in Amsterdam: highs are around 11°C and lows about 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Zandvoort aan Zee
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

1
night
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
On the 28th (Wed), take a peaceful walk through Foret des Soignes, steep yourself in history at Grand Place, and then wander the streets of Place St. Gery.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Brussels sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in November, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Nature Parks Neighborhoods
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Sonian Forest ©
Sonian Forest
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Place St. Gery ©
Place St. Gery

2
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, and then make a trip to Louvre Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): explore the activities along River Seine, step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis, then wander the streets of Le Marais, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip generator.

You can take a train from Brussels to Paris in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in November, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Le Marais ©
Le Marais

1
night
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
On the 1st (Sat), don't miss a visit to Place Massena, then kick back and relax at Castel Plage, and then wander the streets of Vieille Ville.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nice vacation builder.

Getting from Paris to Nice by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Nice: highs are around 17°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Nice

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Castel Plage ©
Castel Plage
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Place Massena ©
Place Massena

2
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mauritius Church Zermatt, then see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally play a few rounds at Golf Club Matterhorn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, hit the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, and then take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Zermatt travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Nice to Zermatt in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and tram. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Zurich.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get some cultural insight at Old Town (Altstadt) and Bahnhofstrasse. Step out of the city life by going to Lake Zurich and Lake Lucerne. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Lucerne (Mt Pilatus & Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument). There's lots more to do: stroll through Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich travel itinerary creator.

You can take a train from Zermatt to Zurich in 3.5 hours. In December in Zurich, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
On the 7th (Fri), snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, admire the landmark architecture of Doges' Palace, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, contemplate the long history of St Mark's Campanile, then take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto, and finally take a stroll through Cannaregio.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Venice vacation planner.

You can fly from Zurich to Venice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in December: highs in Venice hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

1
night
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 9th (Sun), examine the collection at Uffizi Gallery, then stroll through Easy Living - Spiaggia sull'Arno, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence holiday planner.

Getting from Venice to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Venice in December: highs in Florence hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Beaches Museums Outdoors
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Easy Living - Spiaggia sull'Arno ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

2
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Colosseum, wander the streets of Trastevere, then explore the ancient world of Catacombe di San Callisto, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, explore the galleries of Vatican Museums, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

1
night
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 12th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus, then examine the collection at Acropolis Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Athens trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Athens takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Rome in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Athens, with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Temple of Olympian Zeus ©
Temple of Olympian Zeus

1
night
Akrotiri, Greece

Akrotiri ©
Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
On the 13th (Thu), kick back and relax at Red Beach and then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Akrotiri travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Athens to Akrotiri in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and ferry. Traveling from Athens in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Akrotiri, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Perivolos, Santo Winery
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Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Perivolos ©
Perivolos

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